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Wormald gets key Whitehall role

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Chris Wormald, one of the most senior officials at the Department for Communities and Local Government, has been appointed to a key Whitehall economic role.

The DCLG’s director general of local government and regeneration will move to the Cabinet Office, taking responsibility for the secretariat on the National Economic Council which is chaired by the prime minister.

His new role as director general of the Cabinet Office’s economic policy co-ordination group will see him work helping to co-ordinate economic policies across government and working to help people and businesses during the recession.

And, starting in the role next month, he will also oversee the Cabinet Office’s drive to promote public service reform.

Mr Wormald was ranked in 37th place in the LGC50 which charts the most influential people affecting local government.

He moved to DCLG in 2006, having been principal private secretary to the secretary of state in the Department for Education & Skills.

Lindsay Bell, currently DCLG’s director of local government finance, will take over his post, pending the permanent recruitment of a successor.

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